Financial Accountability

We take financial accountability seriously. Our recent financial reports and audits are posted below.


Who Checks on Charities?

People want their gifts to make a difference. How do they decide where to give their money?

Most charities are honest, well-run organizations. Some are poorly managed and a few are outright frauds. What should you do before you write that check? Increasingly, Christians are looking for the seal of approval from ECFA–the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.

The ECFA seal–on appeals received in your mailbox or on the website of a charity–indicates that the organization complies with a strict set of standards covering board governance, independent auditing, financial disclosure and fund-raising practices.

Formed in 1979 in an effort to encourage financial accountability and excellence among Christian nonprofit organizations, ECFA now has nearly 1,500 members, representing a wide spectrum of ministry. These charities submit to a rigorous review process each year. ECFA also randomly performs site visits on members to look behind the application forms.

ECFA Charter Member

Lutheran Bible Translators (LBT) is a charter member of ECFA.

By virtue of its membership with ECFA, Lutheran Bible Translators is committed to demonstrating compliance with the ECFA Standards of Responsible Stewardship, thereby making itself accountable to the public. In addition, LBT has also received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities.

It’s easy to check up on ECFA members. You can learn whether a charity meets ECFA’s standards by checking out its website, Or call ECFA (1-800-3BE-WISE) to request a free copy of its “Giver’s Guide.” Call or write an ECFA member and they will send you a copy of their most recent audit report—no questions asked. That includes us.

Since we’re committed to financial accountability and transparency, we’ve posted our financial reports below.

If you have questions, call Angela Tayloe at 660-225-0810 ext 147.

Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator is the world’s largest and most-utilized independent charity evaluator. The organization guides informed giving by evaluating the financial health, accountability, and transparency of charities and by providing data for more than 1.6 million nonprofits, accessed more than 12 million times annually. Charity Navigator does not charge the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a 501(c)(3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations, and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America’s charitable givers.

Specifically, Charity Navigator’s rating system examines two broad areas of a charity’s performance; their Financial Health and their Accountability & Transparency. Our ratings show givers how efficiently we believe a charity will use their support today, how well it has sustained its programs and services over time and their level of commitment to good governance, best practices and openness with information.

Click here to view our rating.

Since we’re committed to financial accountability and transparency, we’ve posted our financial reports below.

If you have questions, call Angela Tayloe at 660-225-0810 ext 147.

Donor Bill of Rights

You have the right to:

  1. Know how the funds of an organization are being spent.
  2. Know what the programs you support are accomplishing.
  3. Know that the organization is in compliance with federal, state, and municipal laws.
  4. Restrict or designate your gifts to a particular project.
  5. A response to your inquiries about finances and programs.
  6. Visit office and program sites of an organization to talk personally with the staff.
  7. Give without being high-pressured by the organization.
  8. Know that the organization is well managed.
  9. Know that there is a responsible governing board and know who those board members are.
  10. Know that all appeals for funds are truthful and accurate.

Audited Financial Reports and IRS 990